Archaeology is the study of the human past through material remains. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has an active program of archaeological fieldwork, museum-based research, and undergraduate education, with a focus on the Pre-Columbian and history eras of the New World. Facilities include a small archaeology/biological anthropology lab that serves as a base for faculty and student research projects. We also host the George Mason Symposia on Archaeology, an annual one-day event designed to bring current archaeological research on important social topics to a broad audience. Our students have attended field schools and volunteered on archaeological projects throughout the United States and abroad; many have gone on to graduate school as well as careers in public archaeology.
Research interests: Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, dental anthropology, mortuary analysis -- Forensic anthropology and forensic taphonomy -- Prehistoric and Historic Andean South America; organization of complex societies -- Health, violence, identity, and ethnogenesis -- Theory and methods in bioarchaeology.
Research interests: Zooarchaeology, Isotope bone chemistry, Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan
Research interests: Developmental stress, life history, evolutionary morphology, skeletal and dental biology, evolutionary theory, hunter-gatherers.
Research interests: historical archaeology, US/Carribean, the African diaspora, landscape, migration, the materiality of memory and identity, particularly as it relates to race and gender
Research interests: the development of creative techniques for analysis, dating, interpretation of architecture in Mesoamerica and the Southwestern United States, the study of technological innovation, experimental archaeology, pyrotechnologies, geochemical sourcing of artifacts